October 20, 2015

Rowan Is 5

Now, I’m 15 days late with this post but I just had to have it on the blog so that I can look back on it later down the road of life..
Our baby bird is 5 years old and we couldn’t be prouder of the little lady she has become.
Of course there’s sass and boundary testing and tantrums like any other kid in the history of the world but beyond that there is love and tenderness and hilarity... seriously she is so funny. She’s also very big on affection, like her parents, and it is given freely and often. Some of her current favorite things are to play with her my little ponies, particularly in water (pretending they’re swimming at the pool is at the top of her list), Shopkins, playing Uno and beating her mama at most games, having tea parties, “Mouse” or “Mousy" who is a light pink stuffed animal mouse that we bought her when she was little and goes with her everywhere, pepperoni pizza, the color pink, she prefers her hair down, playing with makeup (especially lipstick), our rabbit Alfie aka "her little brother”, she prefers watching YouTube videos over cartoons and prefers Disney shows with kid actors over cartoons as well, baking with Mama and going to the “choo choo mall” (she calls it that because there’s a train that you can ride there), getting an Icee, going to the bounce house place and then looking at shoes afterward..
Her least favorite things are when I brush her hair, when I sing super loud all day long and generally annoy her (which is most of the time),  the thought of going to the doctor or dentist, getting a boo boo and having to see it.. even the smallest scrape freaks her out and she has to put a bandaid on to cover it so she can’t see it, having to get out of bed for school on rainy cozy mornings, when I try to style her hair any other way than down or in a ponytail/pigtails and when Papa has to work late or on Saturdays.
She’s full of life and personality and brings us more joy than we could have ever expected. Yes, parenting is a hard journey sometimes just like anything else in life but the cliches are still true.. and I am 100% that parent who agrees it’s worth every bit of strife to hear those giggles and “I love you Mama’s” and to get those full, no holds barred hugs.
So happy birthday again, Rowan. We are forever thankful for you.

September 21, 2015


We have a new(ish) family member & his name is Alfie! He’s a Holland Lop and we’ve had him for a month now, although it feels like he’s been with us forever. I’d never had a pet bunny before so besides the internet research that we did, I really didn’t know what to expect from him personality-wise. Luckily we scored and he's a very cool little guy. He actually reminds me of a cat in a lot of ways. He mostly lounges around all day in his various favorite chill spots but when he’s really happy he runs around and does his happy jumps called “binkies.” It’s super cute to watch him enjoy himself so much and luckily he does this pretty often since we’re litter training him and he has free range of our kitchen living room area. We only put him in his cage at night and when we leave the house for long periods of time. Right now we use a store bought cage but we are in the process of designing a larger DIY home for him so he’ll be even more comfortable. 
But enough about all that.. on to the pictures!

August 27, 2015


We’ve had a tropical depression roll in on the islands so there’s been a lot of rain, lightening and thunderstorms and movies watched lately. I feel like the rainy season started early here this year because we’ve had rain for months now.. but it’s still hot and muggy! I think the last two days have been the coolest for us but let’s just say I haven’t worn my beloved skinny jeans in a while. Here are some snapshots of life. In short, went to see Jenny Lewis in concert again, lots of games at home, cuddles, sleepy lunch dates, rare workouts on rare sunny days, mall/theater hangs, birthday celebrations, baking, brunches, a 24hr bug and giggles.

August 11, 2015

Weekend Getaway

This past Saturday Derek and I stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki to celebrate 7 years together (7 years of dating, not marriage). It was the first time that we’ve been away overnight, just the two of us, since Rowan was born. Rowan had her first ever sleepover with a friend so she was super excited and had a lot of fun while we were gone. D had to work on Saturday so we weren’t even gone a full 24hrs but it was still so nice to get away and relax. Here’s to staycations!